As an alternative to the maintenance of rolling stock by a maintenance service provider in accordance with a rail transport contract (TSA), an operator may choose to maintain the rolling stock himself or to procure the rolling stock that a third party maintains in accordance with an existing maintenance contract. For more information on ASD, please see the practical note: Railway Funding – Rail Agreements. If the operator chooses to maintain the rolling stock himself, he may require some technical support from the original manufacturer of the rolling stock or from another supplier. Under these conditions, the operator can enter into a Technical Assistance and Replacement Supply Agreement (TSSSA). There are currently two contracts with the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela): Manufacture Supply Agreement (MSA) – 600 New Trains, with an order value of R59 billion over 15 years; and – agreement on technical assistance and supply of spare parts (TSSSA) – agreement on the maintenance of new trains over a period of 19 years. A Section 54 agreement also includes a technical assistance and replacement agreement for 377-series vehicles, which also expires on March 7, 2022. For the purposes of this agreement, Gibela will provide, as the name suggests, a maintenance and technical assistance service as well as spare parts for the new trains. Alstom provides services within one in three contractual frameworks. Through a Technical Assistance and Replacement Contract (TSSSA), the operator ensures the availability of the facilities while retaining certain tasks in-house.

As part of a basic maintenance contract, Alstom is offering a fully outsourced maintenance operation to help operators achieve their availability targets. In addition, a full maintenance contract requires the customer to fully transfer the technical risk to Alstom as fleet manager, allowing it to focus on its own core business: operating a high-quality rail system. At a time when operators are facing a trade-off between facility availability and maintenance productivity, Alstom offers state-of-the-art state-based maintenance and forecasting solutions to optimize their asset management, including rolling stock, signalling and infrastructure. Bombardier and AVENTRA are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries. This exercise note describes the main provisions of a typical TSSSA. The Wolmerton North Gauteng Depot in Pretoria has been operational for some time. There are a number of features to support new trains already in service in the province: at Alstom, we are committed to the long-term success of our customers and strive to be a partner for global and profitable performance. Thanks to our know-how in the supply chain and industrial organization, and supported by a strong engineering capacity of the system, we contribute to ensuring excellent availability and reliability of rail facilities.

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